Chelsea have reportedly moved fast to sign a replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who left for Monaco, and are said to have agreed terms for €30 million-valued Zenit St-Petersburg midfielder.
Leandro Paredes has emerged as the man to replace Cesc Fabregas, and terms are said to have been agreed for the 24-year old Argentine to come to Stamford Bridge – says Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira on Twitter (also reported in the Express).
“Chelsea wants to close Leandro Paredes from Zenit. Marina Granovskaia (Chelsea Director) has offered €30 million for him and awaits an answer. He wants to leave from Russia: agreement to sign a contract until 2023 (€4.5 million per year).”
#Chelsea wants to close Leandro #Paredes from #Zenit. Marina Granovskaia has offered € 30 million for him and awaits an answer. He wants to leave from Russia: agreement to sign a contract until 2023 (€ 4.5 million per year). # transfers #CFC
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) January 13, 2019
Paredes himself also added fuel to the transfer story by retweeting a ‘Welcome to Chelsea’ video posted on Twitter – whether this means anything at all is purely just speculation, but the Argentine could very well be the next name in at the Blues.
The signing could be the first of two Argentine arrivals in this January transfer window for Maurizio Sarri’s side, with Gonzalo Higuain also heavily linked with a move to west London, despite some concerns over the striker’s advancing years.
Paredes has already played in five Europa League games for Zenit this season, as well as scoring four goals in all competitions for the Russian club. Despite being just 24, Paredes has already played for numerous clubs including Roma, Empoli, Boca Juniors and now Zenit.